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Spotlight on LegalGPS

What is LegalGPS? An interactive online platform that navigates through the legal aspects to consider when starting a business and the growth process.

Think of LegalGPS as your small business legal roadmap. For a customized experience, you answer a set of questions about your business to determine the type of legal guidance that is optimal for you. You’ll receive a report detailing the types of legal issues that apply to you and an actionable guide on how to complete them. This includes a personalized “legal score card” and “legal cheat sheet.” It provides guidance on what you can complete on your own using the directions and templates in LegalGPS, and what requires assistance from legal counsel.

Who has access? Anyone can access this resource at the library (on their own device or a library computer) and people with an Arlington Heights Memorial Library card can access it remotely. You can acccess LegalGPS from the Business & Nonprofit Services page of the library's website.

LegalGPS can save you money by reducing the legal fees you end up paying by getting your essentials in order in advance of the work you need to do with a lawyer.


New Nonprofit Program Series Launched

If you are involved with a nonprofit organization, the Nonprofit Exchange is for you! This new quarterly program provides a supportive environment for nonprofits to come together to learn practical skills, network, share knowledge and discuss best practices with other nonprofit professionals. Although specific missions may be different, the goal to be effective and make a difference is found in every organization.

The next meeting is on Tuesday, May 7, 9-10:30 a.m., in the Cardinal Room. In addition to networking and peer-to-peer support, this month will include training by Rebecca Hoffman, an expert in social media strategic communication and founder of Good Egg Concepts, on growing your social media following.


Happy National Small Business Week

It's National Small Business Week! For more than 60 years, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has celebrated National Small Business Week, which acknowledges the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. This year, National Small Business Week is taking place April 28 - May 4 and is when SBA officially recognizes the hard work, ingenuity and dedication of small businesses, including their contributions to the economy. Learn more here.


Check out our upcoming programs.

Google Products to Build Your Business

Tuesday, May 14, 7-8 p.m.

Live on Zoom

Learn how to improve your website's visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Google My Business, Google Trends, Search Console, Google Analytics, Google Ads and more! An award-winning creative strategist, CJ Harris is the CEO of That's So Creative and the Illinois Digital Coach for the Grow with Google program.


Introduction to Measuring Your Impact

Tuesday, May 28, 1-2:30 p.m.

Live on Zoom

Your nonprofit does great work, but what's most important is the impact of that work. An outcome-centric approach will lead to stronger program design and increased funding opportunities for your organization. In this introductory course, learn the basics of shifting focus from your nonprofit’s activities to its outcomes. A Candid® presenter will demystify the language of outcomes measurement and guide you through the process of creating logic models for your programs.


Small Business Coffee and Connect

Tuesday, June 11, 9-10:30 a.m.

Hendrickson Room

Get connected with other members of your local small business community. Drop in to this bi-monthly networking event to connect with entrepreneurs and those in small business to share ideas, make connections and get inspired. 

SCORE Business Mentoring
Get advice about your business or business idea from a SCORE Business Mentor. SCORE is the nation's largest network of volunteer business mentors, a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. One-on-one mentoring by experts who have experience in all aspects of business. Whether you're just getting started or you've been in business over 20 years, set up an appointment to discuss questions and strategy. Virtual appointments available upon request.  
We are always adding new books related to business and nonprofits. Check out these must-read selections:  

Never Not Working: Why the Always-On Culture is Bad for Business and How to Fix It Itttt

by Malissa Clark

An engaging, myth-busting, well-researched guide to identifying workaholism in yourself and others and ways to get started on the road to recovery. Place a hold here.ple blueprint from "The

Leading to Succeed: Essential Skills for the New Workplace

by Wagner Denuzzo

A must-read for members of the new workforce. With no fixed pathways to success, explore and learn what energizes and empowers you. Available on hoopla.

The Truth About Pricing

by Melina Palmer

A must-listen for entrepreneurs seeking to determine what their customers value and set prices they want by understanding the truth about pricing -it isn't about the price. Available on hoopla.

Reach out to us!

To learn more about resources for small businesses and nonprofits available at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library or to find out how the library can help you start your business, contact

Diane Malik (dmalik@ahml.info) or

Steven Slavick (sslavick@ahml.info). 


We look forward to meeting with you! 

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